Author Topic: NY State DEC map shows MANY high hazard dams along the Erie Canal  (Read 51 times)

Doug K

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It's not the most popular position to take or defend, but the Erie Canal DOES have some serious public safety issues that it's new owners, New York Power Auth., has been trying to solve since taking control of the Erie canal system in 2017. It's not just about unsafe earthen dams folks, it's about all of the 100 year old structures that have seldom been inspected and rarely maintained properly.

The NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has a great website, that has many interesting maps and resources. The one we use at the ECNA is the NYS Dam Inventory Map, which runs on Google Earth. It shows up under the Misc Environmental Maps section. Here's the website and picture where to look.

https://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/103459.html








You can go to the website and check this tool out, it's a quick download and then open up to see our area. Red squares ahow the Class C - HIGH HAZARD dams in our State. You can zoom to the levels I will show here.

First, there are UNSAFE ERIE CANAL DAMS in the Holley & BROCKPORT areas. I have shown Brockport's Class C Dam



And if this dam broke it would flood all of this, including the U of R Hospital and many nice neighborhoods. This is the Brockport Smith Street Dam FPZ or Flood Plain Zone and would spill over Ridge Rd, as it's al; downhill from the Canal here.




It's all part of a dam safety issue known as Hazard Creep, explained in the video here. Next time you go for a walk on the canal take note if you walk uphill to it. if you do, you are probably in a Hazard Creep Zone.

https://youtu.be/5CcVSVhAYvA


And there is also an UNSAFE ERIE CANAL DAM in SPENCERPORT





And for those on the east-side of Rochester, who still believe there isn't any safety issues along the Erie Canal, here's your map of UNSAFE ERIE CANAL DAMS in PITTSFORD, PERINTON, & FAIRPORT. There are 3 there, and that's not including about 12 miles of unsafe, tree-covered earthen embankments that keep the water from spilling out along the west side of Perinton




So the lesson here is simple...Before you believe someone else's word about public safety in and around the Erie Canal Corridor, you may want to check the facts out yourself. There are those on Facebook these days saying there is NO safety issue on the Erie Canal...and they are all wrong. Don't be fooled by someone who might be a fool themselves.

There are STILL major issues with safety, and many places that need to be repaired along the Erie canal, and it's embankments, the data speaks for itself, all we have to do is find it, and learn.

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Doug K

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The message has ALWAYS been about SAFETY when it comes to the NYS Canal Corporation and their work on the raised earthen embankments they own. That message is now amplified by new Owners, the New York Power Authority, who has the task to clean up the canal mess and make NY State SAFE again.

The ECNA has been following this work since it started and have tried to direct people to the information that was needed to help Erie Canal Neighbors. And we have seen a HUGE change with the Erie Canal, it's Unsafe Dams and those who would try to stop the ongoing work to repair a public safety nightmare for NYPA.

It doesn't get any plainer than this... if you want trees on Earthen Embankment Dams then you also have to be OK with paying for FLOOD INSURANCE that was never required before!!! It's up to each of you as neighbors, and community members to decide if fighting safety is worth the cost to your pocketbook.

Is this easy enough for all of the NEIGHBORS along the Erie Canal to understand?



Here's the current FEMA Flood Map for Brockport NY 14420 from 2008




And here's the NEW FEMA Flood Hazard Map that the NYS Canal Corporation has created for their Earthen Embankment Integrity Program (EEIP) in 2018



And here is the same information for zipcode 14450, which is Perinton & Fairport on the Eastside, where the fight against Canal Safety is raging still.


FEMA Flood Hazard Zones for 14450 - 2008





FEMA Flood Hazard Zones for 14450 - 2018





And for those who don't understand why all this is important.. here's the Flood Insurance Zone Requirements





Here's some helpful links:

https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home

http://www.canals.ny.gov/Earthen_Embankment/counties/Monroe_municipality.html

https://www.valuepenguin.com/flood-insurance/flood-zones-affect-insurance-premiums

https://www.fema.gov/flood-maps/tools-resources/risk-map


« Last Edit: September 26, 2020, 12:06:40 pm by Doug K »